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Ruben Morales “On Mexican Time”

By Misty Haskett

Ruben Morales’ renderings of typical Mexican subjects may seem simple at first, but the combination of economy of marks, rich colors, and light allow these seemingly naïve paintings to reveal a more complex and intentional piece of art.

Art

On Mexican Time

By Ruben Morales

Sat, Feb 10, 6–8pm

Bordello Galería, Casa de la Noche

Órganos 19

152 0732

Free

 

 

A former student of Morelia’s Bella Artes School, Morales says he rejected most of the traditional art education and learned more from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination, capturing the nostalgia of everyday life in old Mexico.

Morales, 70, says, “I paint to create feeling or emotion.” He does this through faceless subjects in everyday situations, a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane, or a girl washing clothes. The mood is evoked with simple gestures, postures, and color applied in broad strokes.

Still a simple man with simple ways, Morales sells most of his work on the street in Morelia, and despite significant outsider acclaim, his work continues to be fresh and affordable.

International collectors, who have sponsored exhibits of his work in galleries in the US as well as more locally in Puerto Vallarta, have noticed him. In Latin America, his work has been shown in Uruguay and is included in the well-known state-sponsored Mexican collection Casa de Artesanias in Morelia. Most recently, he received special recognition at the Salon International des Créateurs du Siècle in France.

The reception will be hosted at Bordello Galería, so named because it is located in the main sala of Madam Turca’s notorious Casa de la Noche, where “ladies of the evening” once made their living. Barbara Poole, owner of this popular guesthouse and a painter herself, hopes to continue using her front room gallery-space to promote lesser-known Mexican artists, as well as emerging local San Miguelenians. Many of Morales’ works already decorate the private rooms at Casa de la Noche. This recently renovated fourteen-room bed-and-breakfast is filled with original art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers. Come join us Saturday and see why Morales continues to be a favorite here!

 

 

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